Bjarne Riis is the most successful Danish rider in history having won the 1996 Tour de France and 6 Grand Tour stages. His ’96 victory has been overshadowed by his admission to using EPO and growth hormones between 1993 and 1998. Following this he was struck from the Tour de France record books but in 2008 he was reinstated.
Following retirement in 2000 due to injury, Riis has gone on to be a team manager and owner. He currently leads Team Saxo-Tinkoff and has experienced great success in recent years, winning two Tour de France, one, Giro d’Italia and one Vuelta a España. These wins have come under criticism as Riis has been accused of implementing doping regimes amongst his riders.